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David O. Russell on What Bradley Cooper Whispers at the End of ‘Silver Linings Playbook’

David O. Russell on What Bradley Cooper Whispers at the End of 'Silver Linings Playbook'

The inaudible whisper has become an indie film convention, most notably seen (and not heard) at the end of Sofia Coppola’s “Lost in Translation,” and most recently in one of the final scenes of David O. Russell’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” In a discussion with the Hollywood Reporter, Russell takes a stab at what he thinks Pat (Bradley Cooper) softly murmurs to his ex-wife Nikki (Brea Bee) after seeing her at the dance competition in which he and Tiffany (Jennifer Lawrence) compete.

Russell says:

“The intention of it is to say that the best way you can say goodbye to somebody is lovingly, from the best place of yourself, which doesn’t happen often enough in this world. I think very often, when it’s time to say goodbye to each other, we choose to agitate or turn it into something else, because goodbyes can be too emotional. But no, he didn’t agitate, he said it in a very soulful way. I could tell you everything I think he said, but we’ll leave it up to [the audience].”

Given the football subplot of the film, Russell added jokingly that “he asked her what the over/under was for the NFL that weekend.”

Check out our TOH! Oscar predictions for “Silver Linings Playbook” here.

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Personally I think what he said went something like this:

"I worked hard to get my life in order so that I can be with you. I thought I needed you to be happy, but now I realize that what I need is something different. I think I can be happy. I hope you can too."

Whatever he said came from a good place.

Barbara David

Surely I'm not the only one who thinks Skyfall the song is a ripoff of Diamonds are forever. Same chord progression at least. B

Ellen Jones

I can't believe that neither lead actor from the Sessions was nominated. Nor can I believe that Ben Afflec was snubbed as Director.

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